FLAGSTAFF, AZ - An advocacy group is calling for the Boy Scouts of America to rehire a Flagstaff camp counselor who says he was not hired at a Boy Scout camp after rumors surfaced that he was gay.
Scouts for Equality, a Boy Scouts alumni group, says Garrett Bryant, 19, was fired after social media posts making a reference to his sexuality, Scouts for Equality executive director Zach Wahls says.
Bryant, a Northern Arizona University student, is a youth member of a Boy Scout Venturing Crew in Flagstaff and is also an Eagle Scout.
Bryant says he was going to be hired at the BSA summer camp’s headquarters, but then found out he would not be rehired at all by the organization. He says the camp’s director told him his “personal choice” made it impossible for him to work at the camp.
The Boy Scouts of American adopted a policy in January that all youth who meet the membership requirements can be a part of the organization, regardless of sexual orientation or preference. Bryant is technically a youth member of the BSA.
"I met all of the requirements to be a member of the Boy Scouts of America," Bryant said in a press release. "I loved my job and everyone seemed to look forward to having me return this summer. The fact that a rumor spread on social media led to this is frustrating and demonstrates that the scouts have got a long way to go to bring their program into the twenty-first century."